About Fr. Mateo, OSB

Official Portrait 2018Fr. Mateo Zamora, OSB is a monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, Indiana. He professed his simple vows as a Benedictine monk on August 7, 2018.  He currently serves as the Archabbey Stipendiariusand teaches a Practicum class in Homiletics and works in the Pastoral Formation Department at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. He is also one of the Defenders of the Bond for the Tribunal of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington.

Before joining the monastery, he ministered for ten years as a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky where he was known as Fr. Noel Zamora. He was the Parochial Vicar of Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church (2007-2009) and Holy Spirit Parish/The Newman Center at the University of Kentucky (2009-2010), both in Lexington, Kentucky. He then served as the Pastor of Saint Andrew Catholic Church in Harrodsburg, Kentucky and its mission, Saint Mary Catholic Church in Perryville, Kentucky, from 2010 to 2015, before serving as the Pastor of Jesus, our Savior Catholic Church in Morehead, Kentucky, its Newman Center at Morehead State University, and its mission, Saint Julie Catholic Church in Owingsville, Kentucky, from 2015-2017.

Fr. Mateo, OSB, grew up in Angeles City, Pampanga, in the Philippines before he heeded God’s call to preach the Gospel to a place he had not seen in a country he did not know. He was educated in Catholic schools all his life: grade school and high school at Holy Angel University (1983-1994); college at Ateneo de Manila University (1994-1998); and seminary at Saint Meinrad School of Theology where he received two degrees: Master of Arts in Catholic Thought and Life (2004) and Master in Divinity (2007).

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3 Responses to “About Fr. Mateo, OSB”

  1. Hello Fr. Noel Zamora

    We understand you will be joining the University of Kentucky’s Newman Center this fall. I am certain the folks at Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary will miss you. We at the Newman Center look forward to celebrations of liturgy and getting to know you. WELCOME
    Tish Nihill (PS I think you know Fr. Sunny Castillo from St. Michael parish in Wheaton Illinois where I was raised and went to grade school.) I am a faculty member at the dental college at the University of Kentucky and am looking forward to working with you.

  2. When looking up the phrase from Tertullian, “caro cardis salutis” on Google I ran across your piece “The Fallen Flesh Now Redeemed.”

    Excellent in every way. Many thanks.

  3. Hello Fr. Mateo,

    I would like to ask for your permission to use your Tagalog translation of O Come, O Come Emmanuel. I volunteered to do translation from English to Filipino for an app that spreads God’s word and the devotional I’m translating now includes mentioned hymn as it is all about advent

    Thanks so much and may God always bless you.

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